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The GCA- A New/Old Beginning…..the Future!

gca photoThe GCA has been an idea/cause that has been close to my heart from the very beginning.
When founder Glenn Robertson first talked to me about the idea back in Summer/Autumn 2011, I was thrilled and honoured at being asked to be involved, and was thrilled to help write the Technical and Tactical content of the curriculum. Most of all though, really excited about the idea in general  and how it could help goalkeeper development.

So when Glenn put out an ‘SOS’ this week for someone to take over the ‘day to day’ running of The GCA I was happy to oblige and offer to do it. As I have been involved from the beginning I feel I can keep it’s core values and purpose going and hopefully drive it forward with some of the original ideas and some new ones (more on that later).

About me
I’m currently the Full Time 1st team GK Coach at Newport County AFC in League 2 (My ‘day job’ as it were). I have held the position for two years now (first year was part time combining a part time academy GK coach position at Bristol City to add up to my full time work,  I went full time with Newport when promoted to the football league). I have previously been Academy Goalkeeper coach (And Temporary First team) at Cardiff City also. I have been coaching goalkeepers for 13/14 years now, the last 8 of which as my ‘full time’ job. I hold FAW ‘B’ Licence Goalkeeping and UEFA ‘B’Licence Outfield badges.
New/old ideas
First of all I want to keep The GCA as goalkeeping coaching education for ALL. No minimum requirement to attend our courses or access the website, simply a passion for more goalkeeping knowledge is enough!

I think a common mis-conception when we first launched was that we were trying to ‘compete’ with the national FA GK badges, that simply isn’t the case! I actively encourage goalkeepers/goalkeeper coaches to attend national FA GK badges (And the New UEFA ‘A’ Licence goalkeeping when it’s released) if they seek a career in the game (I had a good experience myself doing it through the FAW) then our own coach education can simply supplement/expand there knowledge further if they so wish. Or if you just simply want some goalkeeping knowledge then we can help too!

The main way I want to do this is ‘relaunch’ the original idea of coach education courses (like the two day launch course we conducted in summer 2012), I’m hoping to have these up and running by Summer 2015. In Addition to the conventional ‘Technical and Tactical’ course I am looking to get ‘Goalkeeping Specific’ courses in psychology, strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and Analysis. From there I would like to develop courses for working with age specific/ability goalkeepers (from grass routes U8 Gks right up to elite men/women pro GK’s). All with the help of not just myself but the ‘Education Champions’ we have recruited in the past and in the future. All are ‘experts’ in their given field!

I’m also looking to run via the members area of the website ‘Distance learning’ courses with video and presentations and receive the full GCA curriculum (like you would on the more conventional courses) via email. Also questions will be asked via email/Skype.

Key to all this though still is the ‘Share and Grow’ part on our website. More knowledge is better knowledge and anyone who joins up as a free member of The GCA has access to this and can also share there own sessions/drills! If you have a good session feel free to share it as it may work for someone else too!

This is key to our message is that ‘No way is the right way’. Everyone who has coached goalkeepers for many years has an idea of how they think is the best way to develop them and get the best performances (I know I do!!!!!). We think at The GCA though, you can constantly evolve YOUR best methods by looking at other peoples ideas and you might/might not learn something new to help your goalkeepers!

I have many other ideas in the pipeline and you will be he first to know via here when they are finalised!

For now Happy Goalkeeping!

Best wishes,
Ryan Mackerness
Director of Coaching
The Goalkeeper Coaches Association

Twitter- @ryangkcoach

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The GCA is back!

As you might have seen, the GCA is back! We launched our new twitter account @TeamGCA a couple of weeks ago and already hundreds of people have started following!

We have some super news to share with you.

As you might have seen, our management team has grown with the introduction of Richard Lee and Andy Elleray. Richard bring with him the benefit of being both a current professional goalkeeper and coach and Andy is a celebrated analyst and best selling author.

Building the team in way strengthens what we are doing and also make the experience much better for you.

So what’s on the horizon?

Well the website has been updated (more so behind the scenes) which make it easier to share content with you. Other things will continue to happen, so keep looking. We will be adding new content – blogs, sessions, drills, videos, photos – every week from us but more importantly from you. The key to the GCA is to share and grow. There is a huge network of you guys out there, so by sharing your information, you know that other people will be benefiting all round the world.

We are also launching out two new Reusch kit items: Rain Jacket and Polo Shirt which will be available soon.

We will also be giving you more opportunities to come together and network physically in real, face to face events over the coming year and in 2014. So look out for details on these, along with new educational weekends where we will be providing more opportunities to learn and share knowledge.

For now, keep coaching, keep learning and keep amazing.

Best Wishes

Team GCA

#teamGCA #insafehands #shareandgrow

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The GCA is looking…

That’s right, we are looking. Looking for ideas, help, feedback, thoughts…

Those of you who have followed The GCA from day 1, will know that we set up in order to provide an alternative solution to coach education; Continue reading

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The Importance of Distribution

Wow… here’s a fantastic stat and image for you… Pinto of Barcelona recently recorded 100% completion for his distribution. Continue reading

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Education Champion Richie Whall talks about the Plyo Step.

Well here’s a treat. This is the start of something new here at the GCA. Today sees the first of our Education Champion blogs, from Richie Whall – our Speed and Agility Champion. Here he gives us some great insight into the Plyo Step. Continue reading

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A new Champion

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Deeley as Education Champion for NLP and Psychology at the GCA. Louise is one of the UKs leading Sports Psychologists and Coach Educators with 18 years  Continue reading

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The Goalkeeper Coaches Association 2013

Well…it’s February already. So let’s get on with it! 2013 is a big year for the GCA. Continue reading

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Something a bit different…living the dream?

So, this is a bit of a break from the norm. Usually from me and the team here at the GCA you will hear about new happenings, exciting times and always looking forward to a happy tomorrow in everything we do. So when the following blog arrived in my inbox it did, honestly, come as a bit of a shock.

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Share and Grow: SHARE CENTRE to go live on GCA website

We are pleased to be announcing the long awaited launch of the GCA’s members area. And the best thing is…there will be two parts to it!

So without rambling on too much we just wanted to tell you to keep an eye on your email inbox this week as the first section will be going live in the next few days!!

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